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From a murder in Paris to a courtroom in California to a terrorist camp in the Gobi Desert, Don Brown's follow-up to Treason and Hostage plunges into a suspense-filled journey of danger, duty, and hope. The Commander's Bodyguard is Shannon McGilverry, a crack NCIS agent assigned to protect Navy JAG Officer Zack Brewer. Zack is being hunted by terrorists, stalked by a psychopath, and is working his way through a perilous, politically-charged trial. When another Navy JAG officer is murdered, it's clear that Zack is in harm's way. As his bodyguard, Shannon must do more than protect Zack. She also must set aside her growing feelings for the brilliant attorney and investigate rumors that the love of his life, Diane Colcerninan, may still be alive. Zack finds himself in need of his faith more than ever as Navy SEALS launch a daring rescue attempt that has the potential to trigger World War III.

About the Author

Don Brown is the author of Thunder in the Morning Calm, The Malacca Conspiracy, The Navy Justice Series, and The Black Sea Affair, a submarine thriller that predicted the 2008 shooting war between Russia and Georgia. Don served five years in the U.S. Navy as an officer in the Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps, which gave him an exceptional vantage point into both the Navy and the inner workings "inside-the-beltway" as an action officer assigned to the Pentagon. He left active duty in 1992 to pursue private practice, but remained on inactive status through 1999, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He and his family live in North Carolina, where he pursues his passion for penning novels about the Navy. www.donbrownbooks.com Facebook: Don-Brown


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; First Edition edition (April 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310272130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310272137
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,140,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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BESTSELLING AUTHOR DON BROWN,a former US Navy JAG Officer who served in the Pentagon, where he provided legal advice to the Secretary of the Navy and the Judge Advocate General of the Navy, now pens legal and military thrillers about the Navy. In so doing, he has developed an uncanny track record for prognosticating future events in his novels.

In 2003, Don began writing TREASON, his first novel in the NAVY JUSTICE SERIES, chronicling the life and adventures of JAG officer ZACK BREWER. TREASON explored the dangers of radical Islamic infiltration in the United States Military. Don wrote the novel, in part as a warning to the public about those dangers. TREASON was released in 2005.

Then, on Thanksgiving Day of 2009, TREASON rocketed to the number 1 bestselling novel for fiction on the prestigious Amazon.com bestselling list for fiction, where it remained for more than a week. Why? Because the novel included a scene depicting virtually the same scenario which later occurred at Fort Hood, where a radical Muslim member of the United States military opened fire indiscriminately at a US Military base, in furtherance of a radical political agenda. Some even said the novel had "predicted" the Fort Hood tragedy.

In June of 2008, Zondervan released Don's fourth novel, BLACK SEA AFFAIR, which featured a shooting war between Georgia and Russia. Two months later, in August of 2008, war broke out between Russia and Georgia, in what has become known as the 2008 South Ossetia War. This marked the second time that one of Don's novels in fact predicted a future event.

In August of 2009, Don Brown completed the manuscript for fifth novel, MALACCA CONSPIRACY, a novel which began with oil tankers being attacked by radical Islamic terrorists as those tankers transited the strategic Strait of Malacca. In the novel, terrorists use speedboats full of explosives to attack tankers. Ten months later, in May of 2010, the Singaporean Navy issued terror warnings about oil tankers being targeted for attacks by terrorists in the Strait of Malacca, with explosive-laden dinghies and speedboats, the exact scenario laid out in Brown's novel. Did Don Brown have access to classified information?

On May 26 of 2010, OnlineUniversities.com ranked Don's three novels of the NAVY JUSTICE SERIES -- TREASON, HOSTAGE and DEFIANCE -- among its list of "50 Best Legal Novels for Both Lawyers and Laymen." TREASON, HOSTAGE and DEFIANCE were rated 3,4 and 5 in the "Supsense" category among the list of 50.

In August of 2011, Zondervan released Don's sixth novel, THUNDER IN THE MORNING CALM, an explosive thriller about North Korea. THUNDER IN THE MORNING CALM examines the question -- "Did America leave men behind in North Korean Prison Camps some sixty years ago?" Will this, too, turn out to be prophetic?

In November of 2012, FIRE OF THE RAGING DRAGON, Don's seventh novel, examined a fictional war in the early 21st Century between China and Taiwan. The US President sends in the Seventh Fleet to try and break up the war between the two Chinas. But with America trillions of dollars in debt to the Commmunists, and with the President's daughter's life on the line, can America still stand for freedom?

DON BROWN served on active duty for five years in the Navy as a JAG officer, during which time he served as military prosecutor, a Special Assistant United States Attorney, and also won the New York City Bar Association Trial Advocacy Award for winning the trial advocacy championship at the United States Naval Justice School. DON BROWN remained on inactive reserve status with the Navy through 1999, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He currently lives in his native North Carolina.

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Don Brown is quickly moving up in the ranks of the great novelists. 'Defiance' is a story that is hard to put down. This is the third installment in 'The Navy Justice Series'. Although the others have been very good, this is the best of the lot so far.

Zack Brewer and Diane Colcernian are back as central characters in this novel of courtroom drama, suspense, action, and even romance. Besides the assorted terrorist villains, there is a U.S. senator and presidential candidate, Eleanor Claxton, who is Machavellian to the core. Her machinations add an element of the worst in American politics. It also includes a dramatic rescue attempt by U.S. Navy Seals that has the potential of igniting a major war. In addition to all of the action, there is a spiritual component present for several of the characters facing major crises.

This book will appeal those of varying interests. I recommend it highly.
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Don Brown's consummate JAG advocate, Lieutenant Commander Zack Brewer returns in Defiance, the third book in the Navy Justice series.

Still grieving the loss of Diane Colcernian at the hands of extremists, Zack remains with the Navy seeking refuge from the public interest which arose from his previous legal achievements. He is unwittingly thrown into the spotlight again when his current trial is hijacked by US presidential hopeful, Senator Eleanor Claxton, seeking to garner support for her liberal views and label the trial as a witch hunt. At the same time Navy intelligence reveals Zack's life may be in danger from the same terrorists that kidnapped Diane nearly 18 months earlier.

NCIS agent, Shannon McGilverry, is assigned to protect Zack but as she begins to link a murder in Paris with rumours of hostages hidden in the Mongolian desert, her own heart is the one at risk, threatened by each truth she reveals. Zack is not only targeted by terrorists but also someone closer to home.

Don Brown has succeeded again, penning an engrossing story of political intrigue and high suspense which kept me reading well into the early hours of the morning. His personal experience as a JAG officer lends authenticity and credibility to the courtroom scenes and Navy details. The ending left some unresolved issues and Zack's faultless personality is a little overstated but in the end these things do not detract from a top-notch story and leaves the way open for a further book in this enthralling series.

If you haven't already done so I recommend reading Treason and Hostage before Defiance is released by Zondervan in March, 2007.
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As a retired military officer I found this three book series a spell binder. Military accuracy was very good and it seemed as though the author had a crystal ball when he developed the plot. Two recent events, the terrorist attack at Fort Hood and the threatened court-martial of Navy Seals for allegedly "roughing up" a captured terrorist were forecast in his book with near detail that is almost eerie in its near accuracy. Highly recommended reading for everyone and especially those that have become complacent over the very real terrorist threats to this country.
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As a retired Sailor with 30 years in the Navy I found many aspects of this book and the series to be accurate. I have read the first 3 and am working on the last. I am an avid reader and admit I was attracted by the price ($0.00) and the subject matter (Navy JAG). Having sat on a couple of Courts Martial these descriptions are very accurate. Having dealt with numerous civilian lawyers during my second career (Child Protective Services investigator and supervisor) these people are also depicted accurately. Lawyers are there to fight for their clients, guilt or innocence does not enter into the equation.

As far as the Islam v Christian issues go, they are slanted in favor of Christians. (Heck this is a Christian author and publisher, what would you expect.) I am a Person of the Book (Christian not Jew) and if you do not understand what this mean, then you need to study Islam at least a little. I have served with people of all religions during my time in the Navy. I have often been scared a little by fundamentalists because they are unwilling to compromise and try to understand other people's beliefs, much like some of the characters in this book and series.

I was a little upset by some of the translation into electronic media, but have worked past that. I mean "pixie" instead of "dixie" cup when describing enlisted hats (E6 and below). Ser vice is used instead of service for some mysterious reason. Maybe Don Brown just needs a better Navy Editor or at least a real Master Chief to keep him straight.

Overall a good story and worth my time. Yes, I am an avid reader and do almost all types of books. I enjoy my Kindle and would recommend it for anyone who travels. With an additional memory card, I keep about 200 books available whenever I travel.
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After Hostage and Treason I was again looking forward to another adventure from Zack Brewer. I am a fan, really. I grew to enjoy our God-centric "Dudley-Do-Right" of the Navy JAG corps. However, this latest edition was a letdown. It was the story of a ruthless politician, far left politics, and a rescue saga the scope of which boggled the mind. Unfortunately, nearly everything I've enjoyed about Don Brown's view of suspense and drama through the prism of military justice was completely overcooked this time. The antagonist and democrat presidential candidate Eleanor Claxton was such a caricature of leftist evil that she makes Nancy Pelosi look like Sarah Palin. Reality is, as a whole, that America's population is center right ideologically. The fascist zealotry of this primary character called for a monumental suspension of belief that she could even be close to having viable appeal to a majority of America. The evil activities surrounding her campaign were over the top. Also, without being a spoiler, I'll just say the sequence of events necessary for the big climax at the end were simply eyeball rolling. The process of continual suspension of belief was for me, a battle lost.

Finally, I'm a religious person. Indeed, God references are part of the appeal of this author. In this story though, the God references were sprinkled around too liberally, in places that were completely unnecessary. Instead of God casting a gentle aura over the lives of Brown's characters as in previous books, for me at least, God was reduced to some kind of celestial butler. Time after time God was implored to do this and do that, and do this again and again. It became tedious and ultimately subtracted from the heretofore spiritual aspects of the Almighty.
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